Hello. I am new here. I have just started work to reclaim an old garden from the grip of weeds that have been growing for year. I have tried to take them out by hand but this is an incredibly long process and the roots seem to go so deep. I have heard about weed control matting, or using a power tool to tear up the roots. It would be great to get some advice from more experience gardeners or anyone who has dealt with this kind of job.
I would like to re-plant wind flowers but just to end the srangling control of the particular plants that dominate here, and don’t look like they’ll let anything else grow. (:
I have good luck with Lasagna gardening. Layer 10 or sheets of newspaper and then lots of compost like stuff on top of that (8 inches). There is lots of info on the internet about it. It is hard to salvage good plants when you do this.
I’m currently gardening in a garden that was reclaimed from weeds and high-bush blackberries (the root-champions of the world). We started as McCraee above, by smothering the whole garden in layers and layers of wet newspaper and leaves laid down in autumn.
And then in spring, rather than dig through, we went in and cultivated out all the roots and weeds. It was A LOT of work. TONS of work, but it was worth it because we now have 1200 sq ft of garden space: two very long skinny beds and six square beds. Sometimes, you just have to get in there, give time a chance to work its magic and then get dirty and make your muscles ache.
It’s good for you, really good for you: two hours of hard gardening can burn up to 500 calories or more I’ve read.